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Martin Edwards


UK flag (b.1955)

Martin Edwards was born at Knutsford, Cheshire in 1955 and educated in Northwich and at Balliol College, Oxford University, taking a first class honours degree in law. He trained as a solicitor in Leeds and moved to Liverpool on qualifying in 1980. He published his first legal article at the age of 25 and his first book, about legal aspects of buying a business computer at 27, becoming a partner in the firm of Mace and Jones in 1984. He is married to Helena with two children (Jonathan and Catherine) and lives in Lymm. Martin is a member of the Murder Squad (see the Links section) collective of crime writers and is chairman of the nominations sub-committee for the CWA Diamond Dagger (crime writing's most prestigious award). In 2007 he was appointed the Archivist of the Crime Writers Association.  

Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery
 
Novels
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Omnibus
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Collections
   Where Do You Find Your Ideas? (2001)
   The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (2014)
   Resist (2019) (with Julia Bell, Bidisha, SJ Bradley, Jude Brown, Lucy Caldwell, Steve Chambers, Uschi Gatward, Luan Goldie, Gaia Holmes, Nikita Lalwani, Zoe Lambert, Irfan Master, Kamila Shamsie and Eley Wil)
   The Out-Islands (poems) (2021)
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Novellas
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Anthology series
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Anthologies edited
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Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by Martin Edwards
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Short stories
Natural Causes (1999)


Martin Edwards recommends
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Great British Fictional Detectives (2008)
Russell James
"The eclectic coverage is one of the great merits of this appealing book. The illustrations are a real plus, and there are plenty of lists of selected sidekicks, tv detectives and so on... A fascinating book to dip into, crammed with information and lavishly illustrated."
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A High Mortality of Doves (2016)
(Albert Lincoln, book 1)
Kate Ellis
"Kate Ellis has established a deserved reputation for ingenious whodunit plots [and] in A High Mortality of Doves, she breaks new ground. Fascinating, with a characteristically clever twist."
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The Wrong Boy (2018)
Cathy Ace
"Cathy Ace’s skill at evoking place is a stand-out highlight of The Wrong Boy, a neatly wrought story which combines a mystery…with a study of tangled relationships within a close-knit community…"
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The Poison Garden (2019)
Alex Marwood
"Suspenseful and distinctive, The Poison Garden is a powerful and character-driven study of obsession."
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The Long Call (2019)
(Two Rivers, book 1)
Ann Cleeves
"Ann Cleeves’ new series gets off to a terrific start with The Long Call – her native Devon is wonderfully evoked, and Matthew Venn is a very appealing new detective. Another sure-fire hit."
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Midnight at Malabar House (2020)
(Inspector Wadia, book 1)
Vaseem Khan
"Midnight at Malabar House is an exciting departure for Vaseem Khan, a history-mystery with a marvellous new detective duo. The blend of classic tropes - including a maverick cop, a mysterious cipher, and a victim who gave plenty of people reasons to commit murder - and a wonderfully evoked setting in post-Partition India makes for a highly entertaining and informative read."

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